There’s A House In The Middle Of France’s Loire River (Cool Weird Awesome 851)

It's known as the House in the Loire, and it's a popular sight for those on Loire River boat tours. But it's not a house on a formerly dry site that later flooded; nor does anyone live there.

By |2022-09-23T06:40:15-04:00September 23, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

A Guy In Massachusetts Made Pretty Much His Whole House Out Of Old Newspapers (Cool Weird Awesome 785)

The Paper House of Rockport, Massachusetts has a wood frame, but otherwise owner Elis Stenman made the place almost entirely out of old newspapers. And you can still read the stories in the walls today.

By |2022-06-02T07:58:18-04:00June 2, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our Undersea Internet Cables Are Also Pretty Good Earthquake Detectors (Cool Weird Awesome 780)

We now have some 750,000 miles of internet cable on ocean and seafloors. A research team found a way to use those cables to measure seismic activity, without installing anything extra.

By |2022-05-26T05:43:00-04:00May 26, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

In The 60s, There Was A Plan To Make Houses Out Of Heineken Bottles (Cool Weird Awesome 750)

It's National Beer Day, so it's a good time to talk about a plan from the 1960s, when beer magnate Alfred Heineken tried to rework his company's green bottles so they could be upcycled into bricks for low-income houses.

By |2022-04-07T10:35:56-04:00April 7, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Houston Has Its Own Beer Can House (Cool Weird Awesome 682)

John Milkovisch took tens of thousands of old beer cans and turned them into aluminum siding and decorations for his house in Houston, Texas. The Beer Can House is now a local landmark.

By |2021-12-29T06:45:38-05:00December 29, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Spite House, An Elegant, Expensive Way To Get Back At Somebody (Cool Weird Awesome 608)

Boston's Skinny House went up for sale recently. It's a four-story house with rooms only 10 feet wide, and was reportedly built just to block another house's view of the harbor. "Spite houses" have been regularly built for these kinds of reasons, it turns out. Plus: today in in 1504 Michelangelo completed David. We've got a fun fact about this iconic sculpture for you. 

By |2021-09-08T06:08:47-04:00September 8, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Felt Tip Pen Helped Get Apollo 11’s Moonwalkers Back To Earth (Cool Weird Awesome 577)

Today in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. But as the Apollo 11 mission went on, they had a problem: a broken switch threatened to keep them from returning to Earth. Fortunately, they had a solution: office supplies. Plus: the Lunar Lander Dwelling in Washington state is a 250 square foot getaway in the shape of the lunar module.

By |2021-07-20T07:40:14-04:00July 20, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

We Can 3D Print Houses Out Of Clay And Soil Now (Cool Weird Awesome 527)

Two new construction projects bring the ancient art of using soil and other materials on a building site to create a new house, in these cases with the help of 3d printers. Plus: Scan the World is an online museum that has 3D scans of thousands of great artworks. 

By |2021-05-03T09:42:46-04:00May 3, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Gerald Ford Stayed In His Own House, Not The White House, After He Became President (Cool Weird Awesome 239)

Since 1800, presidents have made the White House their home base. But there have been a few times when new presidents took office unexpectedly and the world's most powerful address wasn’t yet available to them. For Gerald Ford in 1974, that meant he spent the first 10 days of his presidency living at his family home in Alexandria, Virginia.

By |2021-06-28T12:22:23-04:00February 17, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

They Built A Real-Life Simpsons House In Nevada (Cool Weird Awesome 194)

Today marks 30 years since the first episode of “The Simpsons” aired, and so we pay tribute to the house Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie call home - not to mention a real-life, 3D version of the place in Nevada. Plus: the closest real-life town to Springfield, USA isn't a Springfield at all.

By |2021-09-08T06:26:59-04:00December 17, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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